By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
An American flag flown by soldiers far from home has been presented a local newspaper for letting them know they have not been forgotten.
Visitors attending the Better Living Show last April at the Brushfork Armory stopped at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph’s booth and signed a banner thanking members of the 304th Military Police Company for their service. The banner, accompanied by a letter from the newspaper’s employees, was later shipped to Afghanistan.
“Greetings from Bluefield! We hope everyone is doing well and wish you the sincerest thanks from all of us here at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph for your service to our country. We understand the unit will soon be returning to the U.S. but until that happens we thought some notes from home might brighten your last few days overseas,” the letter stated.
Editor Samantha Perry accepted a package Monday that contained a thank you message from the 304th: an American flag flown over Afghanistan along with a letter and certificate.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the support provided to the soldiers of the 304th Military Police Company by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph,” Capt. Jared M. Peck, U.S. Army said in the letter. “You have been stalwart supporters of this unit from our mobilization ceremony in August 2012 all the way through your recent letters of support. These small reminders of our common military home in Bluefield, W.Va., increases morale and helps give our soldiers the extra push necessary to finish out our tour of duty.”
The box contained a folded American flag.
“This American flag was flown at our company tactical operation center in Bagram, Afghanistan in recognition of your organization,” Peck stated in his letter. “Please proudly display this flag as a reminder of your tangible impact supporting the soldiers of the 304th Military Police Company, United States Army Reserve, Bluefield, W.Va., during our deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”
Perry said the flag and the accompanying documentation will be framed and displayed at the newspaper.
“We were honored and excited to receive the flag,” Perry said. “We have the utmost respect and appreciation for the our troops who are serving overseas. We were happy to facilitate the banner signing at the Better Living Show so that members of our community could send their personal messages to our men and women overseas.”